Books by Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry (born August 5, 1934) is a United States poet, novelist, essayist, philosopher and farmer. His most well known book, The Unsettling of America, provides a classic critique of industrial agriculture (agribusiness), as contrasted with agrarian


DISTANT NEIGHBORS by Wendell Berry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"Candid, introspective and often deeply philosophical, these letters offer intimate glimpses into the lives and minds of two influential contemporary writers."
A collection of letters chronicling two writers' friendship and common interests in nature and faith. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Berry is a maker of beautiful sentences, lightly touched with Southern dialect and soberly concerned with the future of the agrarian spirit. But Berry's characters and tone alike feel muted."
The septuagenarian Berry makes a return visit to the genial farm community that much of his fiction has called home. Read full book review >
THE POETRY OF WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS OF RUTHERFORD by Wendell Berry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Of interest to poetry neophytes and newcomers to Williams' work, less so to seasoned readers."
A personal and critical homage to a giant of American poetry. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"An eloquent distillation of Berry's favorite themes: the importance of family, community and respect for the land."
This short, elegiac novel is the latest in Berry's Port William series. Read full book review >
THE WAY OF IGNORANCE by Wendell Berry
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 9, 2005

"Provocative, pellucid prose from a master."
Many of the ideas we prize are dangerous and self-destructive; many of the values we profess to cherish we do not practice. Read full book review >
HANNAH COULTER by Wendell Berry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2004

"Atmospheric and quietly moving: a tale that manages to avoid outright bathos as it makes its way along the narrow boundary between memoir and nostalgia."
A continuation of Berry's Port William, Kentucky, saga (Jayber Crow, 2000, etc.), this one told from the perspective of an elderly farmwife looking back on her life and world. Read full book review >
CITIZENSHIP PAPERS by Wendell Berry
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A clangor of worries, offering the antidotes of civility, responsibility, curiosity, skill, kindness, and an awareness of the homeplace."
Cagey uses of the essay as a town meeting to air threats to the commonweal. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2000

"A precise and moving evocation both of a vanishing lifestyle and of the liberating power of faith. (Author tour)"
An elegiac celebration of the redemptive power of love and community, by the prolific poet, novelist, and essayist. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: June 1, 2000

"Berry has earned these lofty sentiments about life's abiding mystery and beauty. He has lived close to the earth, pressed his ear to the ground, and been rewarded with doubt and discernment."
A strong polemic, in which Berry (Another Turn of the Crank, 1995, etc.) takes a wrecking ball to E.O. Wilson's Consilience, reducing its smug assumptions regarding the fusion of science, art, and religion to so much rubble. Read full book review >
A WORLD LOST by Wendell Berry
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 15, 1996

"This is a modest, resonant work, both a sharp portrait of a small farming town nursing its secrets over several decades, and a penetrating celebration of the hold of family on the imagination."
By the prolific poet, novelist, and social critic (Watch With Me, 1994; Fidelity, 1992, etc.), an elegiac celebration of the end of innocence. Read full book review >
ANOTHER TURN OF THE CRANK by Wendell Berry
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Small towns, with their fringe of 40-acre spreads, couldn't ask for a more articulate defender."
Berry (Watch with Me, 1994, etc.), small-town Kentuckian and agrarian philosopher, massages his favorite themes of community and small-is-beautiful in six brief, clear-as-a-bell essays. ``I am an agrarian: I think that farming is a high and difficult art . . . Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 1994

"Poetry nestled inside prose: startlingly and classically moving."
The local nature of their canny, comic tonalities, the old-timey subtitle, and the fact that all the action takes place before 1942 might lead browsers to take these Berry stories as merely quaint. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A powerful emetic, worth a swallow."
Eight exhortatory essays (some of which appeared previously in the Atlantic Monthly, The Progressive, and elsewhere) by the Kentuckian fiction writer (Fidelity, 1992, etc.) and moral critic (What are People For?, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
FIDELITY by Wendell Berry
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Uncommonly satisfying art and vision."
Berry has employed all the forms he works in—poetry, the essay, fiction short and long—toward an examination of what it means to be placed: what here and elsewhere he calls ``membership''; American individualism-turned-loneliness seems like the nightmare that puts his eloquence to greatest use. Read full book review >